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What to See at the Museum this Labor Day Weekend

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Summer may be winding down, but don’t worry: the Museum is open during Labor Day weekend, and a world of wonder awaits! Here are some tips for what to see on this three-day weekend in New York City:

Deep Dive into the Oceans

94 foot long fiberglass model of a female blue whale is suspended from the ceiling of the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.
D. Finnin/© AMNH

Who needs the beach when you can start your day gazing up at a 94-foot-long blue whale? The star of the 29,000-square-foot Milstein Hall of Ocean Life is just one of more than 750 sea critters featured in this gallery, from glowing jellyfish to racing dolphins to the locked-in-battle giant squid and sperm whale. Then, head over to the LeFrak Theater for a 3D showing of Oceans: Our Blue Planeta riveting giant-screen film about the least explored habitat on Earth.

Visit the Tyrannosaur Family

Silhouetted visitors watch the giant wall screen animation in the T. rex: Ultimate Predator exhibition.
Encounter a massive animated projection of a T. rex and its offspring in a Late Cretaceous setting.
R. Mickens/© AMNH

Tour the fourth-floor fossil halls to glimpse amazing animals from the Age of Dinosaurs, from the towering Titanosaur to the iconic Tyrannosaurus rex. For the latest discoveries about the extended family of the world’s most famous dinosaur, don’t miss the special exhibition T. rex: The Ultimate Predator, which features life-sized models, a shadow theater of fighting tyrannosaurs, and an exciting multi-player VR experience that lets visitors 12 and up “build” a T. rex fossil model and see T. rex up close like never before!

Take a Trip Around the Universe

Exterior view at dusk of the glass-walled Rose Center at the American Museum of Natural History.
D. Finnin/© AMNH

Start at the beginning—the very beginning—with a visit to the Big Bang Theater in the lower half of the Hayden Planetarium sphere, where you’ll learn about the birth of the universe. Then, take a walk around the Scales of the Universe to compare the sizes and scales of objects in our solar system, from the subatomic to the cosmically colossal. Finally, make your way to the Hayden Planetarium Theater to enjoy the spectacular Dark Universe Space Show, which celebrates new frontiers for exploration and delves into the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy.